The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is issuing two reports on the best approaches for optimizing outcomes for pregnant and parenting women with opioid use disorders and their infants. Both reports are aimed at helping these women gain greater access to effective treatment and other important services.
The first report is Advancing the Care of Pregnant and Parenting Women With Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants: A Foundation for Clinical Guidance. The report summarizes the evidence review and rating processes SAMHSA used to establish appropriate interventions for the treatment of pregnant and parenting women with opioid use disorder and their infants.
SAMHSA is seeking public comment on the clinical translation of this report in order to assure that it is of maximum utility. The report was published in the Federal Register on August 3, 2016 (accessible starting on the date of publication at: https://federalregister.gov/a/2016-18324). Comments will be accepted until September 3, 2016.
The report is available at: http://files.www.cmhnetwork.org/news/Advancing_the_Care_of_Pregnant_and_Parenting_Women_with_
The second report, A Collaborative Approach to the Treatment of Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorders: Practice and Policy Considerations for Child Welfare and Collaborating Service Providers is a guide aimed at promoting collaborative efforts among agencies and providers serving pregnant and post-partum women with opioid dependence and their infants.
The publication provides:
- An overview of the extent of opioid use by pregnant women and the effects on the infant
- Evidence-based recommendations for treatment approaches
- An in-depth case study
- A guide for collaborative planning
- Tools to conduct a needs and gap analysis and to develop a collaborative action plan
The report is available at: https://ncsacw.samhsa.gov/resources/opioid-use-disorders-and-medication-assisted-treatment/default.aspx
The SAMHSA press release is available at: http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/press-announcements/201608020300
Source: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – August 2, 2016